HPV is short for human papillomavirus. There is a vaccine that protects against many types of cancers caused by HPV. Routine vaccination at age 11 or 12 years has been recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) since 2006 for females and since 2011 for males. In 2016, the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) changed the recommendation from a three-dose vaccine series to two doses for persons starting the series before their 15th birthday. The second dose of HPV vaccine should be given six to twelve months after the first dose. Adolescents who receive their two doses less than five months apart will require a third dose of HPV vaccine. Teens and young adults who start the series at ages 15 through 26 years still need three doses of HPV vaccine. Also, three doses are still recommended for people with certain immunocompromising conditions aged 9 through 26 years.
With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. This season, CDC recommends only flu shots (not the nasal spray vaccine).
While seasonal flu activity varies, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease. Even if you have already gotten sick with flu this season, it is still a good idea to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you get).
December 4-10, 2016 is this year’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (or NIVW). CDC Established NIVW in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. A goal of NIVW is to remind people that even though the holiday season has arrived, it’s not too late to get their flu vaccine.
As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against the flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. CDC recommends only flu shots this season. If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to get a flu shot!
Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties offer the regular flu shot for $29 and a high dose flu shot – made especially for those 65 and older – for $50. No appointment is needed for flu shots at health departments.
While getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, there are other things we can all do every day to prevent getting or spreading the flu viruses and other viruses.
How to clean and disinfect schools to slow the spread of flu: Cleaning & Disinfecting Schools
Flu Guide for Parents
For Pregnant Women:
Flu Shot Pregnancy Fact Sheet
More information on the flu can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Part of living a healthy life is protecting yourself from disease. Immunizations help reduce absences at work, school and social events, and decrease the spread of illness in the home, workplace and community. The Coastal Health District’s various county health departments offer both child and adult immunizations and vaccinations. Call your local health department for more information.
Click HERE for an instant childhood immunization schedule.
Religious Objection to Immunization Form
072315 DPH Form 2208 Religious Objection to Immunization
Check out this video of United States Surgeon General, Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A, chatting with Sesame Street’s Elmo about vaccinations. Elmo is scared but Dr. Murthy explains to him why getting vaccinated is so important.
The “Vaccines for Children” Program
Vaccines have been saving lives and preventing serious illness for centuries. Yet, each year, thousands of people die and many more are hospitalized because of infectious diseases, like meningitis, whooping cough, and influenza, known as the flu, that could have been prevented by vaccination. In these tough economic times, more families must choose between health care and other critical needs. Fortunately, there is a federal government program, Vaccines for Children (VFC), which provides vaccines to children and teens at no- or low-cost to uninsured families and others who qualify.
To learn more about the VFC program, click HERE.
Immunization Requirements for Children Attending Seventh Grade
Effective July 1, 2014, children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and new entrants into Georgia schools in grades 8 through 12 must have received one dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine. (“New entrant” means any child entering any school in Georgia for the first time or entering after having been absent from a Georgia school for more than 12 months or one school year).
Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition Screening Form (3300)
Rate of Children Up-to-Date on Vaccines Required for School and Child Care Attendance (by county)
Child Compliance Rates for Posting 10-2013
Parents, click here to download “What to Expect: Guide to Immunizations” in English:
What to Expect Guide to Immunizations
Los padres, haga clic aquí para descargar “Qué esperar: Guía de Inmunizaciones” en español:
What to Expect Guide to Immunizations – Spanish
Heading off to College?
If you’ll be attending a Georgia college or university, find out information on required immunizations:
University System of GA Immunization Requirements 04-2011
Some institutions of higher learning may have different immunization requirements. Be sure to check with the college or university you plan to attend to find out what immunizations you will need.
Immunizations aren’t just for children. There are a lot of vaccines recommended to keep adults healthy, as well. Need to know more? This questionnaire will help you decide what vaccines you might need.
Adult Vaccine Questionnaire
If you’re pregnant or planning to conceive, it’s time to give your immunization history some attention.
Some vaccine-preventable infections can pose a serious risk to your health and your unborn baby’s. Check with your doctor to see what you may be missing.
For more information, click HERE.
Important Information on Pertussis (whooping cough)
Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that poses a severe health risk and potential death to infants who can catch it from adults who do not know they are ill with pertussis. During the 2011 Legislative Session the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 249, requiring each hospital in the state of Georgia to provide parents of newborns educational information on pertussis disease and the availability of a vaccine to protect against the disease. This law went into effect July 1, 2011.
It is also very important that pregnant women get vaccinated against pertussis.
Click here for a larger image: Pertussis & Pregnant Women
Through collaboration with the Georgia Hospital Association, the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, and the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is pleased to provide materials to the public and medical community in support of this legislation. Please visit www.health.state.ga.us/pertussis to view and print English and Spanish educational materials.